McKinley Strother joined the WSLS 10 News team in June 2020.
He anchors Virginia Today on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m and you'll also catch him reporting during the week.
Starting a new job during a fight for racial equality and a global health crisis was a challenge. On his first day in Southwest Virginia, he was out in the field filing a story and it’s been that way ever since.
McKinley is a Virginia native. While the southwest region of the state may be new to him, he grew up in Hampton. For him, the only major difference is trading the beach for mountains!
Prior to Roanoke, McKinley worked as a reporter in Huntsville, Alabama and a producer in Norfolk, Virginia. A proud HBCU alum, McKinley is a 2016 graduate of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. (#HBCUPride)
While in Alabama, he was proud to cover a wide range of stories that gave the community a voice. His coverage of a Huntsville LGTBQ teen’s suicide, an Alabama mother’s custody battle over an improper drug test and the death of an abducted 3-year-old all gained national attention.
Through his dedication and determination for resolution, he was successful in getting a bridge built for a community trapped by a river, street lights fixed after a pedestrian was hit and finding strangers to help a shoemaker whose business was burglarized.
His passion is storytelling—something that has brought him back to his home state.
McKinley is a self-proclaimed foodie. If you have any suggestions on the best restaurants let him know!! Or the best hot yoga studios—a second love of his.
He is so happy to wake up with you every weekend. If you have any story ideas, suggestions or just want to talk email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can connect with him anytime on Facebook and Twitter as well.